McGraw-Hill, the second-largest educational publisher in the world, has removed key passages from a proposed Texas textbook that cast doubt on climate science.
The publisher told education watchdog group Texas Freedom Network on Monday that it cut material from a sixth-grade social-studies textbook up for review by the Texas Board of Education that sparked intense criticism from activists who said the textbook provided misleading information to students about man-made global warming.
McGraw-Hill's announcement comes less than a week before the board votes to adopt a new set of social-studies textbooks in Texas. The news also comes days after Pearson Education, the largest textbook publisher in the world, moved to cut passages from its proposed textbook that had faced similar climate criticism.
Here's what McGraw-Hill's textbook previously stated:
Scientists agree that Earth's climates are changing. Not all individuals, however, agree on the causes of these changes.
That section will now be cut from the textbook.
Ninety-five percent of scientists agree that human activity is the lead cause of global warming, a consensus that is roughly equivalent to the scientific agreement that smoking cigarettes can kill.